Confirm that the land has no other owners or liens. Visit your local courthouse or government website to perform a deed search. If there are other owners or liens on the property, the registry of deeds lists any other parties with an interest in the real estate.
Have the real estate appraised. If the property is worth less than $5,000, you can provide the city with an estimate of the property's value. If the property is worth more than $5,000, you must pay for a certified appraisal.
Download Form 8283 from the Internal Revenue Service. Without the Noncash Charitable Donation Form, you cannot claim a deduction on your taxes.
Contact your city government offices to inquire about the process of donating real estate. Cities such as St. Louis require that you fill out a form when donating real estate.
Return the form and pay any title insurance and recording fees charged by the city.